Murray nominates Federer to replace Borg as European tennis captain
Italian Sener to the top ten club in the new classification
Tuesday – 2 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1444 AH – 27 September 2022 AD Issue No. [
Murray next to Federer during the Laver Cup in London (AFP)
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British Andy Murray believes that the recently retired Swiss Roger Federer is the ideal alternative to the Swedish Bjorn Borg, who announced that the next edition of the Laver Cup tennis competition in Vancouver will be his last as captain of the European team.
“I am sure that Federer will remain committed in this competition in one way or another and maybe one day as a captain,” said Murray, who was a member of the European team that lost the title to the world team.
Federer played his last match in his prestigious professional career on Friday evening during the first day of the competition, when he played the doubles match alongside Spaniard Rafael Nadal and lost to Americans Jack Sock and Francis Tiafoe.
But even before his touching farewell at the age of 41, the winner of 103 professional titles, including 20 major championships, confirmed that he would remain connected to the world of tennis, without knowing what exactly it looked like.
The Swiss stayed with his colleagues in the next two days of the competition, and gave advice to his colleagues in the team that lost to the world team 8-13, for the first time in five editions of the competition.
“Listen, he’s great on the edge of the court,” added the 35-year-old Murray. He watches a lot of tennis, he loves sports. I think it is a model for former players who want to become coaches, it is important to keep up with the latest developments and get to know the players well.”
“I don’t know if it’s something he will do but I hope he remains active in tennis, he said he will, maybe he will do something on TV. I know how much he loves Wimbledon. But yes, it would be great for tennis if he could stay in touch with the game.”
In turn, Serbian Novak Djokovic, who was also in the European team, considered that he also believed that “Federer has a lot to offer.” “It is reasonable to expect him to share a lot of useful and valuable things with others,” he said. If it means him, I’m sure he will bring a lot of positive things to the progress of this player, from all sides, both on and off the field.”
On the other hand, Italian Yannick Sener returned to the top ten club in the new classification issued yesterday by the Professional Players Association, after being crowned champion of the Metz International Tournament, while Spain’s Paula Padusa rose to third place among women.
There have not been many changes in the classification of professional players, as the stars of the game have dedicated themselves to participate in the Liver Cup in London.
The rise of Sener, who won the third title in his professional career, from the thirtieth place to the tenth at the expense of Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, who fell to the eleventh.
Sener crowned the French Championship title by defeating Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik 7-6, 6-2 in the final, after he stripped Hurkacz of the title by defeating him 7-6, 6-4 in the semi-finals.
The most prominent rise among the top 100 was for American Brandon Nakashima, who gained 21 places and became 48th, thanks to his first title in San Diego at the expense of his compatriot Marcos Jeron 6-4, 6-4. Spaniard Carlos Alcaras maintained the lead for the third week in a row.
Among the women, the top ten witnessed two changes, with the rise of Spaniard Paula Badusa and Belarusian Arina Sabalenka to third and sixth places, respectively, at the expense of Estonian Anett Kontaveit and Greek Maria Sakkari. Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova jumped three places and became 21st in the best ranking in her professional career after winning the Seoul International Tournament at the expense of Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 (7-4) 6-0. Her compatriot Lyudmila Samsonova, who won the Tokyo Games, rose seven places and became 23rd.
Poland’s Iga Šviontik is in the lead with 10,180 points, ahead of its Tunisian direct chase, Anas Jaber (5090 points).
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